Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Scenic Drives in Ouray County this April

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 @05:21 PM

Exploring Southwest Colorado Back Roads in April

It was another beautiful day in Ouray. With the sun shining and deep blue skies, the desire to go outside and enjoy Southwest Colorado was overwhelming. There was no other option but to jump in the car and see what there was to see. Heading North toward Ridgway, we decided to see if we could make it all the way to Cow Creek, on County Road 12. Although we weren't able to go further than a couple of miles, what beautiful drive it was!

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Tags: scenic drives, ouray, 4WD, jeeping, san juan mountains

Last Run on Last Dollar

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 @12:16 PM

Saturday was a georgeous, sun-shiny day in Ouray. Perfect for a scenic drive through the back country.  We decided to take a drive to Telluride, and return on Last Dollar Road. This seemed the best choice, since it had rained the day before, which almost always means snow in the higher elevations.

As always, the scenery was magnificent, and although there was some snow, that only served to make the drive more beautiful. Reaching the summit, the tire tracks we were following suddenly dissapeared, the road ahead a white expanse of untouched powder.

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Tags: scenic drives, 4WD, jeeping

Million Dollar Highway Perfect for Colors Despite Road Construction

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Oct 02, 2015 @12:57 PM

The Million Dollar Highway has been lauded in countless articles around the world for its scenery and breath taking twists and turns. Travellers far and wide are humbled by the drastic views and non-existent shoulders. The lack of guard rails may seem like some adrenaline junkies idea of a funny joke, but is in fact more for safety. Guard rails in the winter would result in heavier pileup of snow and black ice, which would make the pass impassable.

With several Projects in progress on Red Mountain Pass, one might think to avoid this scenic byway, but it is still open for travellers at select times.

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Tags: fall foliage, scenic drives, ouray, fall colors

Why you should Definitely Check Out Yankee Boy

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Jul 09, 2015 @02:01 PM

One of the most beautiful places in the San Juan Mountains!

Wildflowers and waterfalls are just the beginning when you travel to Yankee Boy Basin. The dramatic scenery takes your breath away but isn't overwhelming. For first time explorers to the majesty of the high country, Yankee Boy is an excellent choice.

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Tags: scenic drives, 4WD, scenic jeep tour, things to do in ouray, colorado scenery

Five Must Haves to Drive The Million Dollar Highway Any Time of Year

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 @10:04 AM

Driving the Scenic Highways of Southwest Colorado is not as scary as you think.

The 76 miles of US Highway 550 between Durango and Ouray, Colorado, often referred to as the Million Dollar Highway, is a combination of three (3) mountain passes accross some of the most breathtaking scenery the country has to offer. One of the most frequently asked questions we get from our guests is whether the road will be open when they are planning to visit.

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Tags: scenic drives, san juan skyway, southwest colorado, colorado, box canyon falls, motorcycles, ouray colorado, san juan mountains, million dollar highway

Five Reasons to Make Ouray, Colo., Your Summer Vacation Destination

Posted by Karen Avery on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 @10:17 AM

Festivals, Hiking, Biking, Historic Mining Highlight ‘Switzerland of America’

Winter won’t last forever (really). Despite the low temps, short days and seemingly endless snow shoveling ahead for much of the country, it is never too early to start dreaming about your summer vacation plans. Here are five reasons to put Ouray, Colo., the top of your to-do list this summer.

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Tags: ouray music, scenic drives, southwest colorado, history of ouray colorado, ouray museum, natural hot springs, scenic jeep tour, ouray colorado, things to do in ouray

Southwest Colorado Adventure

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 @01:57 PM

Fall Colors are still Awesome in the San Juan Mountains!

After posting the most recent color update from the San Juan National Forest, it seemed only reasonable to go out and see for ourselves. The weather was cooperating, and the roads calling, so, jumping in the jeep, we began our adventure.

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Tags: scenic drives, southwest colorado, fall colors, jeeping, san juan mountains

Wildflower Season in The San Juan Mountains

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sun, Jul 13, 2014 @02:14 PM

The High Country of Southwest Colorado is in Bloom!

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Tags: colorado wildflower update, scenic drives, southwest colorado, 4WD, san juan mountains, box canyon lodge & hot springs

Ghost Towns of the San Juans - Animas Forks

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 @12:10 PM

Over 500 Miles of Four Wheel Drive Trails Provide a Glimpse into the History of Southwest Colorado Mining History.

It is hard to believe as we put our jeep into four low and ascend the side of a mountain, high above timberline that once hardy men and women made this journey in the dead of winter an foot and with mule carts heavily laden with gold, silver, and other precious metals.

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Tags: scenic drives, southwest colorado, 4WD, jeeping, san juan mountains, box canyon lodge & hot springs, scenic jeep tours

Four Wheel Drive Road Conditions Ouray - June 2014

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 @12:56 PM

Adventure Awaits in the High Country all around Ouray!

June almost over, and July is waiting for us in the distance. Soon, all of the passes will be open for the adventurer to explore and experience The days are long and liesurely. Snow melt in the high country creates roaring rivers and seasonal waterfalls at every turn. One needs just to look up to be overwheled by the beauty and majesty of the Uncompahgres.

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Tags: things to do in southwest colorado, scenic drives, ouray, 4WD, day trips from Ouray, jeeping, scenic jeep tour, box canyon lodge & hot springs